Lacks organization, authoritative work environment.
School Psychologist (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – June 11, 2018
The work environment is stressful as it lacks basic organization. Management addresses staff in an authoritarian manner. Staff if replaced on a yearly basis in order to avoid paying them the next-step on the pay scale; no matter how competent you are. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 5p.m, with a one hour paid lunch break; which no one really takes. The focus is on assessments, most new hire school psychologists work from home and on the weekends due to the high volume of assessments. In addition to the primary assignment (i.e., high school) you will most likely to be asked to take-on additional assignments throughout the school year, making it significantly difficult to keep-up with the pace. This only applies to new hires as school psychologist with seniority, do not get pulled to other assignments nor do they have multiple assignments. Finally, if interns are hired as volunteers, they only work with the psychologist that recruited them. They are not part of the PUSD intern program. Basically, if you recruit an intern, you have all the right to that intern, regardless of the need other school psychologists may have.